Visual Art

Objectives and competences

  • Studying the key characteristics of fine arts, visual and digital arts from their historical origins until today. Studying the periods of the history of art, different directions, movements, spiritual-historical development and art-historical development. ability to recognise works of art and connect them in relation to the timeline and concepts; - encouraging students to reflect on connections among different forms of art through a historical perspective; - studying the key theories and interpretations of contemporary arts since the historical Avantgarde period until the modern times, and ability to use the knowledge in a written assignment; - - understanding these theories and interpretations, and ability to apply them when evaluating a particular work, opus, or time period.
    Within the module, the students will be able to obtain the following general competences: - analytic and synthetic skills; - ability to apply the obtained knowledge in practice; - development of critical and self-critical evaluations; - ability to use critical arguments to present and defend one's own viewpoints, and consider the viewpoints of one's colleagues; - mastering research methodologies, procedures and processes; - autonomy in one's own professional work.


General education and secondary school knowledge in the field of history of fine arts, philosophy, literature, and music.


Visual Art course consists of both historical and theoretical contents, which encompass a wider field of art and are based on comparisons and parallels among different types of art and artistic directions. Emphasis is on historical overview as well as art of the 20th century and contextualization of art and its importance today.
Historical contents include a chronological overview of the development of the history of art from its beginnings (paleolithic period) to the present days (contemporary art); seeking of analogies, connections among different forms of art and periods within them.
Main emphasis: establishing parallels and connections among different forms of art and periods within them, in particular comparisons between the development of fine arts on one hand, and literature and music, on the other hand. Through the historical approach, the students become acquianted with the “intermedia” understanding of art and an integral view of the history of man's creativity.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of the developmental logic of fine arts and ability to connect other forms of art (music, literature, film, photography, etc) into a wholesome picture of art as developed through history; - understanding the processes of dynamics inherent in art development and of intercultural connections existing among the different types of art;
  • knowledge of the developmental logic of interpretations and the theory of contemporary arts; - ability to discern specific possibilities and aspects of interpretation and thinking about contemporary art, and ability to apply knowledge to a particular piece of art, opus or time period; - understanding the origins, development and rule of particular theories; - ability to interpret, reflect, evaluate, compare and synthesise fine arts, literary, music, photographic, audio-visual, performative works, particular pieces of art, opuses or time periods within the history of fine arts, visual and digital arts; also, ability to find parallels with other forms of arts.


  • Belting, Hans: Antropologija podobe: Osnutki znanosti o podobi. Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis, 2004. Catalogue
  • Gombrich, Ernst: The Story of Art. London: Phaidon 1995. Catalogue Catalogue E-version
  • Weidemar J., Horst, Antony F. Janson: History of Art. London: Thames and Hudson 2001.
  • Prassel, Igor: Filmografija slovenskega animiranega filma 1952-2012. Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka, 2012. Catalogue
  • Bendazzi, Giannalberto: Animation: A World History. Vol. I-III. Routledge, 2017. Catalogue E-version2
  • Bendazzi, Giannalberto: Cartoons, One Hundred Years of Animation. Indiana University Press, 1994. Catalogue E-version
  • Barthes, Roland: Camera Lucida: Zapiski o fotografiji. Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis, 2004. Catalogue E-version
  • Sontag, Susan: Pogled na bolečino drugega. Ljubljana: Sophia, 2006. Catalogue
  • Sontag, Susan: O fotografiji. Ljubljana: Študentska založba, 2001. Catalogue
  • Bordwell, David, Kristin Thompson: Zgodovina filma. Ljubljana: Umco in Slovenska kinoteka, 2010. Catalogue Catalogue
  • Cook, Pam: Knjiga o filmu. Ljubljana: Umco in Slovenska kinoteka, 2008. Catalogue
  • Bazin, André: Kaj je film? Ljubljana: Kino, 2010. Catalogue
  • Berger, John: Načini gledanja. Ljubljana: Zavod Emanat, 2008. (Berger, John: Ways of Seeing, based on the BBC television series, BBC and Penguin Books, London 1972.) Catalogue
  • Franscina, Francis and Harris, Jonathan (ur.): Art in Modern Culture. An Antology of Critical Texts. London: Press Limited, 1992. Catalogue E-version
  • Praznik, Katja: Paradoks neplačanega umetniškega dela. Avtonomija umetnosti, avantgarda in kulturna politika na prehodu v postsocializem. Ljubljana: Sophia, 2016. (Praznik, Katja. Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London: University of Toronto Press, 2021.) Catalogue

Recommended reading:

  • Frizot, Michel et al. (ur.): A new History Of Photography. Konemann, 1998. Catalogue E-version
  • Daney, Serge: Filmski spisi. Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka, 2001. Catalogue
  • Dolmark, Jože: Tkanje pogledov: Slovenska kinoteka, 2012. Catalogue
  • Filmska enciklopedija. Zagreb: Jugoslovenski leksikografski zavod, 1986-1990. Catalogue
  • Kavčič, Bojan, Zdenko Vrdlovec: Filmski leksikon. Ljubljana: Modrijan, 1999. Catalogue
  • Gianetti, Louis: Razumeti film. Ljubljana: Umco, 2009. Catalogue
  • Siegfried Kracauer: Ornament množice: eseji. Ljubljana: Založba Cf, 2021. Catalogue (v nemščini)
  • Siegfried Kracauer: Filmska čitanka. Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka, 2017. Catalogue
  • Posamezni zvezki (o filmskih avtorjih) zbirke KINOTEČNI ZVEZKI, Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka.


Theoretical assignment 50 %.
Examination 50 %.

Lecturer's references

Assoc. Prof. Kristina Pranjić, PhD graduated in comparative literature, and Russian language and literature at the University of Ljubljana. She defended her doctoral thesis entitled Non-objective Sound and Image: Bely, Kruchenykh, Malevich at the same institution in 2018. She led the research project Yugoslav Avantgardes and Metropolitan Dada (1916–1927): A Multidirectional and Transnational Genealogy, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (2019–2021). Currently she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities and the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica, where she leads the modules Theory and History of Art and Media, and Discourses in Practice. At the Faculty of Media in Ljubljana she lectures on Media Art and Graphic Design, and the semiotics of media and communications. In her theoretical and research work, she focuses mainly on the historical avant-garde of the 20th century and the re-actualization of the avant-garde today. She has conducted research in the field of art and literature of historical avant-garde and new media art and aesthetics at the University of Konstanz, the University of Belgrade and the University of Paris 8.

Selection of articles:

  1. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Ljubomir Micić in Branko Ve Poljanski v reviji Maska : (1920/21). Borec : revija za zgodovino, literaturo in antropologijo. 2021, letn. 73, št. 793/795, str. 61-70.
  2. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. The emergence and establishment of Yugoslav dada : from Prague to Zagreb : (1920-1922). Svět literatury. 2021, vol. 31, no. 64, str. 89-103.
  3. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Značaj ljubljanskog časopisa Maska (1920/21) u kontekstu jugoslovenskih avangardi. Zbornik radova Akademije umetnosti. 2021, br. 9, str. 111-121, ilustr.
  4. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Prispevek umetnosti in nedvojnosti k znanstvenemu raziskovanju prvoosebnega izkustva. Anthropos : časopis za psihologijo in filozofijo ter za sodelovanje humanističnih ved. 2020, letn. 52, št. 3/4, str. 131-143.
  5. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Zenitistični koncept barbarogenija kot kritika zahodnoevropske kulture. Primerjalna književnost. 2020, letn. 43, št. 3, str. 139-157.
  6. GERMEK, Magdalena, PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Constructing new signifiers with aesthetic intervention : using coal in design. Zonemoda journal. 2020, vol. 10, iss. 1s, str. 121-132, ilustr.
  7. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Premagati silo gravitacije na presečišču umetnosti in tehnologije : primer ruskega konstruktivizma. Časopis za kritiko znanosti. 2019, letn. 47, št. 277, str. 102-116, ilustr.
  8. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Brezpredmetnost in ekonomičnost v poeziji = Objectlessness and economy in poetry. Slavica Tergestina. 2019, 22, str. 50-68, ilustr.
  9. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Formalne mistične prakse ruskega futurizma. Slavistična revija : časopis za jezikoslovje in literarne vede. 2019, letn. 67, št. 3, str. 479-486.
  10. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Vek perehoda ot videnija k probelu. Kommentarii. 2018, no. 32, str. 147-153.
  11. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Misliti v simbolih, ustvarjati avantgardno. Slavistična revija : časopis za jezikoslovje in literarne vede. 2018, letn. 66, št. 3, str. 299-314.
  12. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Zvočna destabilizacija jezika : zaum in glosolalija. Zbornik Matice srpske za slavistiku. 2018, 93, str. 231-247.